TESS aims to catalyse policy action across the trade, environment and sustainable development communities through a versatile, needs-driven and outcome-focused toolbox of activities. Mandated to ‘connect, inform, analyse and empower’, the work of TESS will combine public facing events and policy briefs; expert and stakeholder roundtables; and off-the-record consultations key to supporting international policymaking processes.
In 2021, a core focus of TESS is to support informed, action-oriented dialogue on trade and sustainability in the lead up to the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference on pressing topics of climate change, plastic pollution, and sustainable agriculture, among others. To facilitate engagement with the range of actors keen to renew attention multilateral cooperation and identify ways forward, TESS will be supported by a regionally diverse International Advisory Network composed of experts from international organisations, NGOs, civil society, business and the research community.
Based at the Graduate Institute, TESS is housed in its Geneva Trade Platform. The founding financial supporters of TESS include the government of French Ministry of Economy and Finance and private philanthropic foundations.
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